Local, organic agriculture. Environmental education.

Blowin’ in the Breeze

farm stand open signIt may take a lot for folks to arrange their plans to make the Farm Stand part of their chores. Stop & Shop has many aisles of fruits and vegetables and even more aisles and rows dedicated to promise nature and their customers that the vegetables are organic. The farmers at Holly Hill are grateful that people arrange their Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, not to mention Thursdays at the Common or Wednesdays at the Scituate Farmers Market to come purchase the organic produce we grow.

Very often we at the Farm will throw in the word sustainable as well when discussing an organic farm. What does sustain us and the environment? What keeps it possible to keep growing? How do you coax water from a sun drenched sky? We miss our water as the well is running dry. There are practices and plans we can use to encourage sustainability.

“No bag thanks” my daughters have often heard me say, and that I have tried to empower them to say, when faced with a purchase at the local grocery store, clothing outlet or farm stand. But how will I transport the purchased items? Many places of commerce have stacks of bags, some of the hanging plastic variety and some brown paper ones.  It takes a lot of fuel to make the former and lots of trees to make the latter. It takes a lot to make a cloth canvas bag as well, which also grows dirty and one can only fit so much, as well as the fact that it takes extra thought to carry it in the store before you are ready to pay. I hear it also takes thought to carry and charge one’s cell phone each day and everywhere you go. Try to remember the bags either in the car, the closet or in the bike basket.

But it remains hard for many to put away the plastic bag from their daily use. The plastic bags are re-usable and have a tremendous amount of advantage for the take-out delivery person and commuter coming home from work who seeks convenience. But too many plastic bags end up in the ocean, clinging to trees in the wind, or discarded in the trash and refuse waste system stream.

Many stores have and will start charging customers to take a new bag from their store, which might make a sinking impact on one’s wallet. And at the Farm, we are trying to phase out plastic bags, which can be hard on many levels for those who depend upon them and those who donate thousands of them to us.

We can transition in a changing world. Let the water drip from the flower bouquet, rather than place the stem in a Boston Globe bag. Use a paper quart container for the fresh dug potatoes. Try and carry a head of lettuce, tuck a cucumber in your back pocket and look a little odd as you exit a store or old barn.

Thanks for shopping at and considering  Holly Hill Farm, where you can now hold a ripe fresh tomato in your hands, knowing it was sustainably grown and ready for you to carry out in the palm of your hand.

© 2016, Jon Belber. All rights reserved. Friends of Holly Hill Farm

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